KaBOOM! by Darell Hammond
How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play

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This book goes beyond children’s play. By reading it, social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders...will get some solid, practical advice about how to grow a social enterprise, adapt programs and operations along the way, and amplify impact.
-Stanford Social Innovation Review

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This New York Times bestseller is a powerfully moving story of a man from humble beginnings, who identified a tragic problem and figured out how to address it on a national scale.

KaBOOm! chronicles Darell Hammond's amazing journey from a childhood spent living in a group home in Illinois to becoming the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, one of the most successful nonprofit organizations in the United States. KaBOOM! has raised almost $200 million, directly built 1,743 playgrounds with a million volunteers, and has touched the lives of countless children and families. More than just a memoir, KaBOOm! is a call to action that will inspire readers by challenging them to rethink traditional notions of community and social change.

 

About Darell Hammond

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DARELL HAMMOND is the founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an innovative nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that is saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Founded out of Hammond’s apartment in 1996, KaBOOM! has raised $200 million, rallied a million volunteers, led the hands-on construction of 2,000 playgrounds, and inspired a movement for the child’s right to play. Darell and his wife, Kate, reside in Washington, DC.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Rodale. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Talan on Jul 22 2011

...grab some inspiration from Hammond and boost your community spirit by getting your play on!

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Ford Literary Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Meg Trauner on Oct 03 2011

Written with passion and commitment, this is a story about the power of an individual to be a force for good in the world.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Above average

This book goes beyond children’s play. By reading it, social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders...will get some solid, practical advice about how to grow a social enterprise, adapt programs and operations along the way, and amplify impact.

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